JABLEH (Sputnik) — The Syrian army has continued its ground operation in the territory captured by terrorists.
"After causing massive losses to the Islamic State organization, our troops took control over large areas," Gen. Ali Mayhoub told reporters.
A large number of terrorists is moving from Syria to the Turkish border amid the Syrian government-led army's offensive.
"Success achieved by our armed forces since the beginning of the operation, concentrated strikes from the air, as well as artillery strikes on the terrorists' control and command points are undermining their spirit. Many of them are moving to the Turkish border."
The Syrian government's forces launched the offensive after Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, had commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, airstrikes have done considerable damage to ISIL command and logistics networks, as well as to infrastructure used to equip suicide bombers.